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Seoul's tallest tower rises as faith crumbles

Teething issues in construction are not unusual but South Koreans now have zero tolerance for safety lapses

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AT 92, the man who built South Korea's biggest retail empire is finally making his mark in the Seoul skyline as the country's tallest tower takes shape - just as public faith in corporate giants crumbles into safety fears and mistrust.

Shin Kyuk Ho first envisioned a landmark...

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